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1st June 2007

IS THE "RAPTURE" IN JUNE 2007?

Hi Guys,

Speculations have started again. While we need to prepare for our Lord's coming adequately, what happens when it doesn't happen as you expect?

All is not as it seems... all is not as it seems.

It's summer Guys! Heads get hotter in summer. Do you remember last summer?

Anyway, here is an excerpt of Dr. Jones recent weblog about this.

Stay blessed,

T
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http://www.gods-kingdom.org/WebLog/WebLog.cfm



Excerpt of Remember Lot's Wife - Part 1 

by Dr. Stephen Jones  --- 26th May 2007

Getting back to Luke 17, we then read a strange word that Jesus told His disciples in verse 22,

"And He said to the disciples, The days shall come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it."

Because the context is about "seeing" the Kingdom coming with one's eyes ("outward show"), Jesus must be referring to the fact that men will fail to see the Kingdom manifested in an outward manner, though they long for it. And so Jesus repeats His admonition not to run after those who say "Look here!" or "Look there!"

This reminds me of those who are constantly looking for the rapture. Right now the focus seems to be upon June 2007, which is 40 years after the Israeli's "Six-Day War." Certainly, this is the completion of an important time cycle, but it will not be the date of a "rapture." The biblical events that men interpret in terms of "rapture" are actually descriptions of the autumn feast days from Trumpets to Tabernacles. June is nowhere near those feast days.

In verse 22 above, Jesus implied that there was more than one day of the Son of Man. He did NOT say you will long to see THE DAY of the Son of Man. He said "one of the days." Therefore, there must be more than one day in question. Again, once we understand that the spring feasts prophesied of Christ's first coming, while the autumn feasts prophesy of His second coming--then it is plain that there is more than one day involved in the autumn feasts.

So would Christ's disciples (Christians) in the latter days long to see the fulfillment of a specific feast day? or "even just one of them"?

I believe He was speaking of the first of the autumn festivals, the Feast of Trumpets. This is the day that signifies the resurrection of the dead, for the dead will be raised at the last "trumpet" (1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16). We simply do not know which YEAR this will take place. More than that, no one ever knew ahead of time when Trumpets would begin.

Trumpets occurred on the first of the month, the morning after the first crescent moon had appeared in the sky the previous sundown. The problem was that if the sky happened to be heavily overcast, the moon could have been invisible to the naked eye. In such cases, the priests would wait another day to see the new moon. If the sky were still overcast and if it were still not possible to see that first crescent moon the second day, they would keep trumpets the following morning anyway.

Yet because of this possibility, Trumpets could be celebrated on either day, and no man knew precisely when Trumpets would begin. Hence, it came to be a saying in those days, "no man knows the day nor the hour," and this saying was said specifically with the Feast of Trumpets in mind.

Thus, it appears to me that "one of the days of the Son of Man" that the disciples would fail to see ahead of time would be the Feast of Trumpets. Because that day was set by ocular observation, it seems fitting that this was the day Jesus was referencing.

This would also appear to be the day that would come upon the world "as a thief in the night" (1 Thess. 5:2). Paul says in that passage that the day would come with sudden destruction. In those days a "thief in the night" was not a burglar, but a robber band that might swoop down upon a town in the early morning hours when everyone was sleeping in "peace and safety." They would plunder the town, throw everyone out of bed, and then disappear into the hills. The word picture is not like the modern "rapture" at all, which pictures Christ like a burglar.

All of this lends support to the idea that the Feast of Trumpets will be a time of destruction as well as resurrection. But this is only "ONE of the days of the Son of Man." The days are not completed until the last day of the feast of Tabernacles.

Then Jesus seems to talk about "lightning" (Greek: astrape). In Matt. 24:27 He says that this "lightning" comes from the east and goes to the west. Is that how lightning flashes? We will see next time.

Read the rest here: 

http://www.gods-kingdom.org/WebLog/WebPosting.cfm?LogID=584

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